Padma Shri awardee Nirmal Singh died of coronavirus in Punjab on Thursday morning. Singh was a former "Hazuri Raagi" at Golden Temple and a celebrated artist. He died in Amritsar at around 4.30 am, becoming Punjab's fifth COVID-19 victim.
Hehad been put on a ventilator on Wednesday. "His risk factor increased dueto his bronchial asthma," KBS Sidhu, Special Chief Secretary, PunjabDisaster Management (COVID-19) said.
Nirmal Singh was admitted to the hospital after he returned from abroad recently and complained of breathlessness and dizziness on March 30.
According to officials, he had held a largereligious gathering in Delhi, Chandigarh and some other places after hisreturn. Along with his family members and relatives, he had also performed a"kirtan" at a house in Chandigarh on March 19.
His two daughters, son, wife, a driver and sixothers who were with him have been isolated at a hospital.
The government on Wednesday said that there are1,834 coronavirus positive cases in India, including 41 deaths.